Tameside Art Therapy Group display paintings


Stroke survivors are using art to aid their recovery. Members of Tameside Art Therapy group have been working with artist Charlotte Dawson to create paintings which have been hung in a local gallery. The art workshops were held over six weeks at DUKINFIELD library.

One of the stroke survivors was 79 year old Brian Forshaw from Ashton who has memory and sight problems after suffering a Stroke. Brian said he had become fed up and frustrated before being referred to the group. Brian's daughter Kathleen said "Im so proud of my dad he's much more confident and relaxed. "A lot of stroke survivors suffer the frustration of struggling to communicate and art can provide a release for a lot of pent up emotions. Michelle McCabe of the stroke association said "Art therapy can help survivors build up their confidence and express themselves in new ways". "This exhibition gives us the chance to demostrate the powerful way in which art enables people to express themselves".